Chino Moreno

Name: Camillo ‘Chino’ Wong Moreno (vocals ang guitar)
Birth date: June, 20 1973
Born: Sacramento, CA
Marital Status: single
Educational Skills: High School (McClatchy High School / Fruitridge Elementary School)
Previous Day Job: Tower records shipping department
Favorite Bands: Depeche Mode, Faith No More, Duran Duran, The Cure, Bad Brains, Weezer

  • Wife: Risa Moreno
  • Ex-Wife: Celeste Schroeder
  • Children: Lola, Kristian and Jakobi Moreno
  • Mother: Deborah Wong
  • Father: Camillo Moreno
  • Aunt: Priscilla
  • Grandfather: Ernie ‘Chino’ Wong
  • Cousin: Regina Nash

Chino’s inspiration while growing up: Sports; Mark Gonzalez (pro-skateboarder). Music; HR from Bad Brains.
First record he bought: “Funky Town” by Lipps Inc.
Adrenaline’s favorite track: “Birthmark” and “Fist”
Favorite movie: “Star Wars…I’ve been watching a lot of boxing documentaries. There was this English dude called The Guvnor – that guy was a hardcore motherfucker. I’ve been watching Ali G’s video too. That shit is funny.”
Favorite food: “”In Europe, McDonalds. We don’t go to many fast food places in America, because food is good and cheap too. It’s the opposite in Europe. People don’t realize how bad the food can be at times ‘cos they’re used to it, I guess.”
Favorite drink: “Gatorade and Vodka. Quenches your thirst and gets you drunk”
Favorite trousers: “Rustler jeans. They’re like Levi’s. Same fucking thing, but they cost less.”
Favorite cereal: Grape Nuts or Shredded Wheat.
Favorite writer: “As the minute, Charles Bukowski. I’m reading “Women” – it’s good to know I’m not the only one that gets driven crazy by a girl.”
Favorite Guitar Solo: “‘Dirty Movies’, off Van Halen’s ‘Fair Warning’ album? That’s the shit. I was just listening to that today.”
Chino’s most important object: His belt.
Wildest thing he have ever done on stage: Diving into the drum set, he says.
Most memorable stage experience: When a girl in the front row got too close, she decided that she was going to bite him in a place that he was going to feel for the next week…
Chino’s name: His mom gave him the nickname ‘Chino’ when he was still an infant because of his strongly Chinese baby features (in Spanish, ‘Chinito’ means Chinese). It was also his Grandpa’s nickname, so it just seemed to stick. According to Chinese astrology, 1973 was the year of the Ox, so that means Chino is ‘bright, patient, an inspiration to others, happy by one’s self, and possesses the ability to grind nappy quarter pipe coping with much style.’ His mom
remembers him as a happy and quiet kid who has always liked music.

Chino Moreno, is the voice of Deftones. “Chino” in spanish means “chinese” and “Moreno” means “brunet”…
He was asked to join the band while he sang a Danzig cover in Carpenter’s garage.
He’s known by his capacity of taking his voice to the limit, from the strong and tuned screams (defscreams) to the hypnotic and sweet melody that characterizes him. Influenced by Punk/New Wave, with such bands as:
. Bad Brains (Deftones have a cover of Bad Brain’s “Right Brigade”) – “The first band I heard that made heavy music with a sense of depth. It’s very spiritual lyrically. I think subconsiuosly we take a lot from them.”
. The Smiths and specially the vocalist, Morissey (Deftones covered The Smith’s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I want”)
. Weezer (a band that he would agree to join if he was invited, of course, just if Deftones weren’t here; Deftones have a lot of Weezer covers like “Say It Ain’t So”, “In the Garage”, “Holiday”, “Tired of Sex”…)
. The Cure (the band he first saw live on the Disintegration’ Tour when he was 15 years old)
. PJ Harvey (the singer he would like to tour with ’cause she has been a really inspiration) – “Such a huge voice coming out of that little person. I cope a lot of her throat noises”
. Culture Club (Chino disguised as Boy George when he was younger during Halloween)
. Duran Duran (Deftones played Duran Duran’s covers like “The Chauffeur” and “Nightboat”)
. Danzig (he doesn’t know why he stills loving Danzig, he just thought of him as being some cool ass dude)
. Metallica (he loved “Master of Puppets” and “…And Justice For All” he used to listen with Abe during classes that album)
He’s always appearing as guest in some bad ass bands like Soulfly, Sevendust, Korn, Strife, Hesher and Cypress Hill. He is also in a side project called “Team Sleep”. Team Sleep songs, like “Teenager” are featured on White Pony.

Abe Cunningham

Name: Abraham ‘Abe’ Cunningham (drums)
Birth date: July, 27 1973
Born: Sacramento, CA
Marital Status: Married
Educational Skills: High School & Junior College
Previous Day Job: Taqueria


  • Wife: Annalynn Seal
  • Children: Sidney & Daniel Cunningham (2003)
  • Cousins: Jackie, Jesse

Likes to listen to: Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson

Abe Cunningham, on the drums. Tuned and always on time Abe’s drums gives, as the others members, what the band needs on that moment of the song. No more to say, perfect is the word and it stills not enough… Abe started to like to be a guitarist but his step-dad always played drums and so, he got in loved with drums, he says that with drums we can do such different things, that with any other instruments is possible.
He’s another Iron Maiden fan, as a drummer he considers Stewart Copeland (The Police), Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell as the greatest. For Abe’s one of the most important thing on Deftones ascension was the chance to tour with Bad Brains, a band that he kept a place on his heart.
Abe’s wife Annalynn made a guest appearance on “Mx” singing along with Chino Moreno.
Abe is a beer consumer, he really loves beer. He also loves 007, the secret agent…he’s a James Bond freak. And his kind of woman is Winona Rider.


Abe’s Equipment (2011):

Drums: Tama Starclassic (Sky Blue Sparkle Finis)

– 10×6″ Tom
– 12×7″ Tom
– 16×15″ Floor Tom
– 18×16″ Floor Tom
– 22×18″ Bass Drum
– 14×6.5 Starphonic Brass Snare (main)
– 13×8″ Starclassic Bubinga Snare

Cymbals: Zildjian

– 15″ A Mastersound Hi-Hats
– 22″ A Custom Ride
– 19″ Z3 Crash
– 20″ Z3 Crash
– 20″ A Custom Crash
– 22″ K Crash-Ride
– 20″ Z3 China
– 10″ A Custom Splash
– 8″ K Custom Splash

Skins: Remo

– Toms: (10″, 12″ 16″, 18″) Clear Ambassadors – top, Clear Ambassadors – bottom
– Bass Drum: (22″) PowerStroke 4 (w/Remo FalamSlam) – back, Standard Tama Head – front
– Snare: (14″) Black Max – top, Clear Ambassadors – bottom

Sticks: Pro-Mark

– Abe Cunningham TX916W Autograph Model

Abe Cunningham 2k11

Stef Carpenter

Name: Stephen ‘Stef’ Carpenter (guitar)
Birth date: August, 3 1970
Born: Los Angeles, CA
Marital Status: Single
Educational Skills: Junior High Diploma
Previous Day Job: Sacramento fast-food restaurants

  • Mother: Maria
  • Sister: Marci

Stef Carpenter, is Deftones guitarist. One of the best in the world. With this guy we can only receive a big dose of professionalism and sobriety. With and along Chino’s voice, Stef gives such a spirit to the band…rhythm, on songs with such power as “7words” or psychoses riffs that takes on everyone to the other side like on “Fist”. Riff after riff, string after string…oh God! Thanks Stef for what you have given to us! The first song he strummed guitar to was “Round And Around” by RATT.
He listens to rap, for the most part. But outside of rap, he loves the heaviest music that could be made–his two favorite heavy bands are Meshuggah and Fear Factory.
Mettalica, Slayer, Antrax, Faith no More are some of his metal influences but bands like Depeche Mode or Duran Duran were huge models for his career. His first record was one from the greats Black Sabbath and the first live performance he assisted was Corrosion of Conformity.
Stef has a side project called Kush, featuring Christian and Raymond from Fear Factory and B Real from Cypress Hill.
Touring with the Beatles on their trippy phase was a dream if he was asked for a band to tour with. “Touring” with a woman?…maybe Naomi Campbell…
Stef’s favorite albums are: ‘Meshugga – Chaosphere’ – “The most brutal record i’ve heard, from second one to second last. It left me wondering where the hell i’d been the whole time.”
‘Depeche Mode – Ultra’ – “They’ve settled into their groove. Every song makes you go, “Damn.” It drop you to your knees.”
‘Faith No More -The Real Thing’ – “It opened my mind to the blending of atmospheres. It was always heavy, but it had a dynamic. You never knew what was coming next.”
‘Van Halen – Fair Warning’ – “Riff heaven from beginning to end. I just hear testosterone, an attitude of confidence.”

Frank Delgado

Name: Frank Delgado (turntables)
Birth date: November, 29 1970
Born: Sacramento, CA
Marital Status: Married
Educational Skills: High School


  • Wife: Stacy Delgado
  • Mother: Florence
  • Father: Frank Sr.
  • Children: Frank will be a father soon…
  • Brothers: Chris, Robert and Robbie ‘Bobby’ Nero

Biggest Musical Influence: The Deftones – “I learn a lot from their tastes and that is what’s really important.”
Favorite Group: Quicksand
Favorite Records: Ice T “Rhyme Pays”; Faith No More “Album of Year”; Quicksand “Slip”; Ultramagnetic MC’s ” Critical Beatdown”
Favorite Soundtrack: Tangerine Dream
Favorite Record Store: Records on K Street in Sacramento
Favorite Concert: KRS-One at the Smoke Out in Orange County, CA
First Concert: Jose Feliciano at Magic Mountain when he was 6
Favorite Performance: Opening up for Bad Brains at the Whiskey in 1995. “I never thought I’d get to see all the original Bad Brains play and blow it up like they did. It’s still one of the most vibrant shows for us.”
Favorite Moment in Studio: “All of us sitting around hitting the 5-hose hooka before we went in there and layed the track down.”
Favorite Musical Equipment: Akai MPC2000
Favorite Movies: “The Elephant Man”; “Eraserhead”; “The Shinning”; “Grease”
Favorite Movie Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Person he was exited to meet: Prince
Person he would like to meet: Africa Bombatta
Person he would spend a night with: Elizabeth Hurley, Christy Turlington
Sexiest songs: Lionel Richie: “Can’t Slow Down” / Prince: “Purple Rain”

Frank Delgado is the man behind the strange noises. He’s the DJ on service. He made for example that solo on the end of “Fireal” and “Headup”, the “breathing” on the begin of “Minus Blindfold” and some scratchy on “My Own Summer” and more of course. Now with the “White Pony” he’s an official Deftones member, he’s almost on every track of “White Pony” and he sure gave a bit more of development and originality. He started in a band called “Socialistics” from Los Angeles (they used to open concerts for Deftones), and swiftly Deftones recruited him for some workings.

Sergio Vega (Bass)

Name: José Sergio Vega Cuamea (bass)
Birth date: September, 12 1969
Born: Bronx, New York City
Marital Status: —
Educational Skills: —-
Previous Day Job:

In 1988 he became the bass player for a New York hardcore band Collapse which released a demo and contributed a track on the 1988 New Breed cassette compilation released by Freddy Alva of Wardance records. In 1989 Sergio Vega replaces Alan Peters (ex-Agnostic Front bassist) in the New York hardcore band Absolution… In 1990, Sergio Vega was instrumental in forming the new post-hardcore band Quicksand; at the time Vega was a prominent bassist of the genre. Quicksand released their debut album, Slip, on February 9, 1993. On January 1, 1995, Quicksand released their second album, Manic Compression. Later that year, Quicksand disbanded, and Sergio Vega began to DJ around New York City and Japan. The band reunited briefly in 1997 and toured with Deftones the next year. After this tour, the band desired to write a followup to Manic Compression, although tensions between bandmates caused the band to split up permanently. In 1999, when Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was unable to perform onstage during a Deftones tour due to a toe surgery, Vega filled in for him on bass.[1]

In addition to his career with Quicksand and Deftones, Vega has released solo material. He released his first solo EP entitled The Ray Martin Sessions through the indie record label grapeOS in 2000.[2] Vega’s solo work was more similar to melodic pop-rock of The Beatles than his heavier, hardcore- and metal-based work in Quicksand and Deftones.[2] The EP was well received by music critics,[3] the success of The Ray Martin Sessions allowed Vega to tour the US and UK. He toured with Scott Winegard and Charlie Walker (later to become members of New End Original) as well as former Orange 9mm/Helmet guitarist Chris Traynor.[2]

On November 4, 2008, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in Santa Clara, California, and entered a coma-like state following the accident. Vega played in Chi’s place at Bamboozle Left with Deftones, and continued to fill in for him as Cheng’s condition remained the same. When his accident occurred, Deftones had just finished writing and recording songs for what was to be their sixth studio-album, Eros, although they decided to shelve the album indefinitely. This decision was made due to Cheng’s condition, and also was a creative decision, as the band stated that they didn’t feel that Eros “best encompassed who they were currently as people or as musicians”. Deftones began writing a new album from scratch in June 2009 with Vega on bass. The album, titled Diamond Eyes, was released on May 4, 2010. In November 2012 the group released their second album with Vega, named Koi No Yokan. According to Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, Vega made a bigger contribution to Koi No Yokan than he did to Diamond Eyes.[4]

In June 2012, Sergio and Quicksand would secretly reunite to play a surprise set at Revelation Records’ 25th anniversary show. This performance was followed by an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show as well as two sold out headlining shows at The Bowery Ballroom and The Music Hall of Williamsburg in August 2012. Quicksand would later act as one of the headliners at California’s FYF set. In January 2013, Quicksand embarked on their first tour since the late 1990s. They released their third album, Interiors, on November 10, 2017. (from Wikipedia)

Chi Cheng (R.I.P.)

Name: Chi Ling Dai Cheng (bass)
Birth date: July, 15 1970 – April, 13 2013
Born: Sacramento, CA
Marital Status: Re-Married
Educational Skills: College English Major
Previous Day Job: Flower shop

  • Wife: Colleen
  • ex-Wife: Adrienne Cheng
  • Children: Gabriel Kahlil (Sep 1998)
  • Mother: Julie
  • Brother: Ming Cheng

Chi Cheng , the eternal member/bassist/soul of the band. Chi was one of the greatest on his art. Groovy when he wanted to, melodic when Chino needed the most…
One of his favorite hobbies were reading that’s why he was called the intellectual/philosopher of the group. Chi was a Zen Buddhist.
Chi liked reggae, jazz, old blues and is also a metal man, Iron Maiden is his favorite band. It was an Iron Maiden record that he first ever bought, it was an Iron Maiden gig that he first saw. He considered Steve Harris, Iron Maiden’s bassist, is biggest influence on his career.
As a Deftones member he described it like a “fairy tale” because he never dreamed that those kids that just liked to have a jam once in a while, could reach fame has they reach.
Chi released on July, 2000 his debut solo album. It’s called “The Bamboo Parachute” (BUY HERE) and it’s a collection of 25 riveting and eclectic poems… “It is pretty wacky stuff. I’ll read something to my wife, and she’ll look at me and say, I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about” (chi)
If Chi was invited to tour with someone, he would chose Bob Marley, and a woman to date maybe Laureen Hill from the Fuggees.

Chi’s favorite albums were: ‘Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come’ – ” In my humble opinion, the greatest reaggae album of all time”
‘Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser’ – “I’m not sure anyone pushed the envelope – musically, mentally or spiritually – with as much class and inviduality as Monk. On of the heaviest albums ever written.”

Chi was most influenced by: ‘Charles Bukowski’ – “He’s about the beauty of being honest and raw. It’s not always glamorous, but it’s real. We should get a dose of reality occasionally – It’s part of the whole.”

Chi died in April, 13 2013 at the age of 42. Cheng had been involved in a car accident in 2008, which left him in a coma for some time. Although he eventually began showing signs of improvement, he was never able to make a full recovery.